LITTLE ROCK, Ark. • The Ole Miss defense did not force a punt through three quarters, but strung together three consecutive stops when it mattered most in a 37-33 comeback win over Arkansas at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock on Saturday night.
The Rebels trailed with under six minutes to go in the game when the defense forced its second punt of the night. The offense took advantage and drove the ball 84 yards in just under three minutes to pull within a score at 33-31.
The Ole Miss defense forced a second punt with 2:14 remaining in the game when Willie Hibbler broke up a Cole Kelley pass over the middle near the 30 yard line.
“I am really proud of the players for digesting the adjustments and executing,” defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff said. “The third down stop by Willie Hibbler was unbelievable. It is probably the best play he has made since he has been together.”
It set the table for the Rebel offense to conduct a 97-yard, game-winning drive capped off by a 5-yard run by Scottie Phillips to give Ole Miss a 37-33 lead with 42 seconds remaining in the game.
The defense sealed the win with their third consecutive stop in the form of a Zedrick Woods interception. A defense that struggled for the entirety of the game, put together three stops in the fourth quarter to win the game.
“Zedrick Woods kept telling me he was going to make up for that touchdown he gave up earlier in the game,” McGriff said. “He certainly did. I am so proud of the guys for fighting.”